Loading…
Apostle
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
Someone, or something, sent. Derived from the verb “to send out” (ἀποστέλλειν, apostellein). In the New Testament, usually refers to someone sent as an authorized agent by Jesus or the Christian community (Matt 10:2; 2 Cor 8:23; Heb 3:1).
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Apostle
Apostle (ἀπόστολος, apostolos). Someone, or something, sent. Derived from the verb “to send out” (ἀποστέλλειν, apostellein). In the New Testament, usually refers to someone sent as an authorized agent by Jesus or the Christian community (Matt 10:2; 2 Cor 8:23; Heb 3:1).
Apostle, Critical Issues
Apostle, Critical Issues Uses and application of the term “apostle(s)” in the New Testament.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Apostle
APOSTLE. An apostle in the NT is an envoy, an ambassador, or a missionary. In the NT the term “apostle” is applied to one who carries the message of the gospel.A. Definition and OriginB. Apostles as MissionariesC. Jesus’ Disciples as ApostlesD. Paul as Apostle of the GentilesE. False ApostlesF.
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Apostleship
Apostle, Apostleship. Official designation given to certain leading individuals in the NT churches. Apostleship is the more comprehensive term denoting the functions of the one who serves in such a capacity. Questions concerning origin, function, and history of the NT apostolate are much-debated; one
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Apostle
Apostle [GK. apóstolos < apostéllō—‘send’ (with stress on the commission and authorization of the sender)]. A missionary, envoy, ambassador; in the NT, one of those who, having seen the risen Christ, is a witness of His resurrection, and, commissioned by Him, preaches the gospel to all the nations.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Apostle, Apostleship
APOSTLE, APOSTLESHIP Official designation given to certain leading individuals in the NT churches. Apostleship is the more comprehensive term, denoting the functions of the one who serves in such a capacity. Questions concerning origin, function, and history of the NT apostolate are much debated; one
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Apostle
apostle, the English transliteration of a Greek word meaning “one who is sent out.” An apostle is a personal messenger or envoy, commissioned to transmit the message or otherwise carry out the instructions of the commissioning agent. In the nt Gospels, the term is commonly associated with the inner circle
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Apostle
APOSTLE. The Gr. apostolos comes from the verb apostellein, “to send away,” “send forth.” Noun and verb are used by the LXX to translate Heb. shālaḥ and its derivatives. These Heb. and Gr. words are occasionally used for messengers with emphasis on the sender, so that the agent becomes an extension
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Apostle
APOSTLE. There are over 80 occurrences of the Gk. word apostolos in the NT, mostly in Luke and Paul. It derives from the very common verb apostellō to send, but in non-Christian Gk., after Herodotus in the 5th century bc, there are few recorded cases where it means ‘a person sent’, and it generally
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Apostle
Apostle“One sent out,” generally to proclaim a message. NT use is continuous with the OT idea of a special messenger from God (cf. 2 Kgs. 2:2; 2 Sam. 24:13). The term has a variety of specific senses in the NT, but “special messenger, particularly from God” best captures the dominant sense.According
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Apostle
Apostle [ə pŏsˊəl] (Gk. apóstolos, from apostéllō “send”). An official representative charged with a commission. The designation connotes more the form (the authorization of the sender) than the specific content of the commission. Gk. apóstolos can be considered the New Testament counterpart
Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels
Apostle
ApostleThe term “apostle” (apostolos) is used in the Gospels to designate the twelve disciples* called and sent out by Jesus to preach the Gospel (see Gospel [Good News]) of the kingdom (see Kingdom of God) and demonstrate its presence by performing signs and wonders (see Miracles). The term is not
Dictionary of Paul and His Letters
Apostle
ApostleThe office of apostle, by which Paul pointedly referred to himself, is of singular importance in the appreciation of his life and ministry. There has been considerable debate over the social origins of the word apostle and more significantly over the criteria for apostleship and the nature of